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Delicious Ham and “Potato” Soup

By March 8, 2012November 29th, 2016Soup and Salads

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HAM and “POTATO” Soup

The traditional recipe for ham and potato soup uses potato, and a butter/flour mixture for a thickener. I switched out the potato and used cauliflower to save over 90 calories and 25 carbohydrates per cup of vegetable. I also ditched the butter/flour thickener and used cream cheese which added a ton of flavor without any extra calories.


3 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt, or to taste
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
5 TBS cream cheese

Garnish with capers

Combine the cauliflower, celery, onion, ham and broth in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until cauliflower is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, puree 1/2 of the cauliflower chunks with the cream cheese until very smooth. Add puree back to the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

Traditional Soup = 195 calories, 19.5 carbs, 1.9g fiber, 10.5g fat, 6.1g protein
“Healthified” Soup = 71 calories, 3.8g carbs, 1.4 g fiber (2.4 effective carbs), 3.9g fat, 5.5 g protein

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Oh yum. Gonna try this one soon I think.

    Just need some ham…


  • Molly K says:

    Just tried the version from the N&D book where you top it with bacon & cheddar cheese – INSANELY good!! My husband has now asked for this to made weekly throughout the winter. Thank you!

  • Thanks soooo much for your kind words!

    And also thanks for your support and purchasing my books!

  • Melinda says:

    Amazingly good!! Even better than any potato soup I can remember. SO much more flavor!

  • Pattie says:

    Do you think I can sub frozen Cauliflower in this recipe? Blanched and frozen from the garden.

  • Shauna Skinner says:

    My husband made this for me tonight while I was sick on the couch. He said it was easy as long as he didn’t have to only purée the cauliflower once boiled. So he puréed just half the mixture. We are making another batch tomorrow. My one year old loved it too. Any advice on how to just get the cauliflower out to purée in a simple manner?

  • Lorna says:

    Just made this tonight (from the Low Carbing Among Friends cookbook) and it was so delicious! I was a little nervous, because I’m used to the old fashioned potato soup recipe, but this was just great. I had to come google the recipe online just so I could tell you how much I enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

  • Andi says:

    Made this for supper tonight. Didn’t tell anyone it was potato soup with no potatoes until they’d tried it [Prejudice. You know] One mom, one dad, two teenagers gave it two thumbs up! : D Will whip out the big pot and triple the batch next time.

  • Theresa says:

    Hi Maria! This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe plus all of the recipes in your new book, Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking that I just received from Amazon! I also ordered your Art of Healthy Eating – Slow Cooker and I am making grocery lists to get started. Question: For your slow cooker recipes, you sometimes specify a slow cooker size (2-quart, 6-quart) so what do I do if I only have one large slow cooker? Will the recipes work if I don’t have a small or medium size slow cooker? Thanks so much!

  • Terri says:

    Where do you buy the healthy ham?

  • Shannon says:

    Had a lot of leftover ham from Easter and made this. Was skeptical because it looked so simple, but it’s awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe. It doesn’t need anything different, but I would imagine it would be really good with shredded cheddar as well. 🙂

  • Ruth Ann says:

    Maria, this is soooo good! We also had a ham for Easter from HoneyBaked Ham – I made ham bone broth from the huge bone and stored it to find a good recipe. Yesterday I made this recipe of yours, using the ham broth instead of chicken broth, added a touch of Marjoram and thyme. I had steamed veggies (cauliflower and broccoli, baby carrots) and no additional cauliflower so I used the already steamed cauliflower with the cream cheese pureed, whisked it into the soup, and added the rest of the steamed veggies chopped. We topped our lunch serving with chopped crispy bacon and a little shredded cheddar cheese. Best ham soup we have ever had. Thank you for this – you have put a lot of thought and testing into your recipes, and the results are amazing!

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